April 28, 2016 |
As teenagers, Jason Caggiano and his friends were captivated by the idea of sword fighting. "We would get PVC pipes and pool noodles and fight. People got hurt - and it was great, anyway," he said. Then he paused for a moment, remembering. "I think it stopped when someone had their face opened up. " On a Saturday afternoon about 15 years after that fateful day, the veterans finally had a chance to return to battle. It was Caggiano's bachelor party, and the men - now in their late 20s and early 30s - were suiting up in riot gear in an unrenovated warehouse in a not-yet-gentrified corner of Port Richmond.
February 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Dozens of U.S. Park Police officers in riot gear and on horseback converged before dawn Saturday on McPherson Square, one of the nation's last remaining Occupy sites, with police clearing away tents that they said were banned under park rules. At least seven people were arrested. Officials said it was relatively peaceful but got tense late in the day when an officer was struck in the face with a brick as police pushed protesters out of the last section of the park.
March 7, 2001
For next year's Fat Tuesday: More police, but better spaced out over each block of South Street. Patrol wagons and emergency vehicles (ambulances and fire trucks) at each intersection. All parked cars removed all day on South Street, from Front to 8th, making crowd control easier. Police and fire hoses come out in riot gear at midnight, clearing the street. The party's over and everyone goes home. A great tradition shouldn't be ruined by drunk teens or overeager police.
November 23, 2011
HISTORY CAN only imagine what the late Abbie Hoffman and his Yippies of the 1960s might have produced if they had technology like Photoshop or Tumblr blogs. But in 2011, we all can give holiday thanks for what supporters of Occupy Wall Street have cooked up in the wake of Friday's viral-on-the-Internet pepper-spraying episode - proof that satire may be the best form of social protest. On Tumblr blogs like peppersprayingcop.tumblr.com - where these photos and many more can be found - virtual graffiti artists have repainted Lt. John Pike, of the University of California-Davis campus police, across the broad canvas of history, from Michaelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon.
October 26, 2014 |
Family and representatives of five state prison inmates and a former prisoner who face trial next month on rioting charges were in Philadelphia on Friday to bring attention to what they have characterized as a miscarriage of justice. Addressing reporters at AFSCME District 1199C headquarters in Center City, they said the six State Correctional Institution in Dallas inmates were peacefully protesting on April 29, 2010, when prison guards violently broke up their demonstration. The six were subsequently charged.
April 23, 1992 |
A former sergeant of the guard at Graterford prison yesterday admitted giving orders to subordinates wielding clubs and stun guns to terrorize 15 handcuffed inmates who'd been transferred there from a riot-torn state prison in 1989. James E. Macon Jr., 45, also admitted trying to cover up the brutal, unprovoked attack that prosecutors say severely injured several inmates and may have contributed to a prisoner's death months later. Macon, of Gerry Street near 66th Avenue, in West Oak Lane, pleaded guilty in federal court here to conspiring to deprive the inmates of their civil rights, perjury, and conspiring to obstruct justice.
April 9, 2015 |
IF YOU WANT to know the Philadelphia Police Department's current strategy to deal with protesters, just look at their uniforms. No riot gear. No military vehicles. Officers wear their everyday blues. Most walk on foot or pedal bicycles as they escort marchers or stand guard at demonstrations. "If you show up dressed for a fight, you're likelier to find yourself in a fight," said Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan, who oversees homeland security. Police in cities such as Ferguson, Mo., have earned scorn for dealing with dissenters by outfitting officers in so much military gear, they look ready to storm the Middle East to annihilate ISIS.
April 21, 2001 |
Police used tear gas to repel protesters at the Summit of the Americas yesterday as President Bush and other leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere renewed their push to create the world's largest free-trade zone. Demonstrators breached a 10-foot-high security fence surrounding the meeting site, but police in riot gear quickly pushed them back. The disturbances forced organizers to delay the summit's opening ceremony and left parts of historic Quebec City in a cloud of acrid tear gas. Bush arrived for his first international conference as 4,000 protesters swarmed into the historic and heavily guarded city, throwing bottles, cans, rocks and hockey pucks at police officers in riot gear.
October 22, 2009 |
IT WASN'T the World Series - not yet - and this time around there was no more 25-year-old Curse of Billy Penn to stomp out. It was just a great night to party - and on an unseasonably balmy October weeknight, thousands of Philadelphians did exactly that, swarming in the streets as the Phillies won their second straight National League pennant. Indeed, what was a shock and an emotional release last October now plays out in this city of winners with well-oiled choreography - as cops and revelers found their places at party spots from South Philly up through the Northeast.
April 30, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - Ron Leonard stood a few paces from a ransacked and charred pharmacy Tuesday and gazed at the crowded corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenues. Leonard had witnessed the Monday night violence that made this intersection the epicenter of the city's riots. The looting and torching of cars was fresh out of an action movie, he said. The crowds returned Tuesday - as did the police - but the mood was different this time. There was singing, dancing, preaching - and a cleanup effort.